“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” —Rachel Carson
Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, we have some of the best natural wonders! Between our beautiful beaches, magical marshlands, and wonderful wildlife, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a truly special landscape. A perfect example of this is the Audubon Newhall Preserve on Hilton Head Island! If you like getting fresh air and exploring maritime forests, you’ll love this spot. Read the rest of this blog and start planning your trip! If you need some inspiration, access our complimentary Vacation Guide to the area. It will save you tons of time as you choose where to eat, how to get around, and which adventures to experience!
Your Ultimate Guide to the Audubon Newhall Preserve
What to See and Do
The Audubon Newhall Preserve is not just a protected place for land and wildlife—it’s a destination for hiking, birdwatching, and simply relaxing. It consists of 50 acres and includes walking trails, a few informational signs, and, of course, a sprawling maritime forest. When you arrive, be sure to pick up a trail guide. This brochure features a list of the unique ecological elements to spot here, including pocosins (the Native American word for “bogs”) and a variety of region-specific plants.
The preserve dates all the way back to 1965, when resident Caroline Newhall persuaded local developers to shield 50 acres of land from suburban development. After the land was sectioned off for preservation, restoration began for a 14-foot deep pond in the middle of the property. This led to a richer, more diverse wildlife (and plant) population!
The best part about this preserve? Admission is free! Swing by any time between dawn and dusk and enjoy your serene walk in the woods. In the spring and fall seasons, visitors can attend interpretive walks for a small fee.
Other Incredible Outdoor Experiences
The Newhall Preserve certainly isn’t the only stunning outdoor attraction to visit here. Below, we’ve listed just a few more places to spend some quality time in the warm Lowcountry sun:
- The Sea Pines Forest Preserve
- Coligny Beach
- Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
- The Church of the Cross
- The May River Sandbar
- DuBois Park.
After exploring the Audubon Newhall Preserve, you’ll want a comfortable, elegant place to relax. Old Town Bluffton Inn is the perfect place for that! We’re just a short drive away from Hilton Head. We offer the newest, most luxurious lodging experience in the Lowcountry! If you’d rather do a little more exploring before snuggling up in your soft bed, step out of your beautifully appointed room and into the Promenade. You’ll love Old Town Bluffton’s array of excellent restaurants (all within walking distance)! There are also plenty of charming shops and galleries to explore. Simply select one of our uniquely decorated rooms, book it online, and get ready to experience some of the finest amenities in the Lowcountry.